Neem as a Natural Insect Repellent

Neem has been used since antiquity as an insect repellent for both people and food crops. One compound (salannin) found in neem leaves, seeds and seed oil is a safer but more effective insect repellent than the widely used chemical ingredient called DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) currently found in most commercial repellents.

Neem extracts tested by the Malaria Institute were found to repel the mosquito that causes malaria for up to twelve hours. Neem provides protection from not only mosquitoes but also from biting flies, sand fleas and ticks. Because of neem's proven effectiveness insect repellents made with neem are being used in malaria prone tropical countries.

For those seeking a safe alternative to potentially dangerous synthetic repellents neem offers an attractive alternative for the following reasons: